By Pastor Teresa Tay
I have been spiritually challenged for the past months by this statement –
One day I was introduced to a lady by a friend of mine. What disturbed me was the way I was introduced by my friend. She said, ‘This is my good friend Teresa. She is a prophet.’ The lady said, ‘Excellent, she can pray for us.’ I was utterly shocked with such an introduction. Fear, feelings of inadequacy entered my mind and I felt sick in the stomach.
The line ‘Your Kingdom come Your will be done’ stayed in my mind for some time and I sensed God was saying something important to me; ‘I taught this prayer so my disciples will know the Fatherhood of God. I taught them to pray first about the thing that concerns the Father’ heart so they will act with my Kingdom mentality’.
There is only one Way
He carried on to speak to me from Matthew 26, where Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Matt 26: 38 | – My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death….
v39 | – … He fell on His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.
v42 | – a second time Jesus prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’
v44 | – once more He prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Jesus must be asking the Father, “Is there any other way to bring redemption Father?”. But there is no other way because He is the way.
The Lord said to me,
‘When I prayed your will be done, my mind was focused on my Father’s plan, to save and redeem all man. At such a time of agony, I was thinking of my Father’s love. It was that love that helped me to stay committed to my Father’s plan. The thought of victory that would follow after my death gave me the strength to endure the pain.’
“Notice I said ‘Our Father’, not ‘My Father’. I expect my people to have a sense of community in their prayer. I was teaching my disciples not to think of themselves only but think about the well-being of others both in prayer and in the things they do.”
As I pondered on this, I think of what the Lord said in:
Mat 22:37-40 | – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments
We are saved us so that we would know the Father’s love. I believe God’ desire is that He will be the lover of our souls. Everything we do and say has to be birthed out of that divine love in our heart and that can only come out of an intimate relationship with Him. If we know Him and His love deeply, we will know His heart for others. The deeper we experience His love, the more His love will be imparted in us for others because the very nature of God is LOVE.
Your Kingdom Come
The Lord asked me, ‘What does your kingdom come your will be done mean?’ I said, ‘It means letting go of my own desires, my ideas and my plans. It means knowing and embracing your heart’s desire and acting in obedience to carry out your desire and your will.’ He said to me, ‘Do it then. Am I not sending you?’.
A huge sense of responsibility came upon me, I felt if I would not pray for that lady due to fear, then I really cannot sincerely pray ‘Our Father, let your Kingdom come let your will be done’. I felt convicted that day to pray His kingdom come; His will be done means to be obedient when God requires me to do anything that is on His heart, for anyone and at any time.
I came to the conclusion that if I pray Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, I have to cooperate with our God. It means stepping out of my own limitations and understanding, avail myself to be a vessel God can use. The ability to do the job will follow the step of obedience I take.
Kingdom of God is within you
Jesus said to His disciples :
Luke 17:21 | – “…the Kingdom of God is within you”
The word kingdom speaks of “the domain of a king.” It also carries the meaning of “a realm or region where there is rulership by something or someone.”
So, the kingdom of God, or the domain of God, exists inside every believer: the reign of God is within us.
To pray Our Father, let Your kingdom come Your will be done, we have to see ourselves as partners of Christ doing His will and His purposes. How is God going to do His will unless His people align themselves to His will? As far as the kingdom is concerned, it has to begin with us. The Lord’s prayer is a prayer for the church to be His Kingdom builders.
I have been so challenged by it that ever since and often enough I prayed this simple prayer,
As a result many miracles happened. God’s Kingdom is indeed about bringing salvation, healing, and deliverance for all. It is about transforming life.
I am convinced that the time has come for the Lord to release the mantle for signs and wonders on His people not just only in church services but also in the workplaces, at homes, in the hospitals, at shopping centers and on the streets. With the anointing comes responsibility. God is looking for vessels He can trust, He can use. We are a channel of God’s presence in the world; we are called to be Kingdom builders in this world.
This calls for a lifestyle of deep intimacy with Him. As we walk in deep intimacy with the Lord we carry heavenly atmosphere wherever we go.
May your life be completely surrendered to Christ even dying to self as if you are offering a daily living sacrifice – the very essence of the Lord’s Prayer.